University of Illinois
Smart Icing System Project

UIUC Aircraft Icing Research Center
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has formed an Aircraft Icing Research Center in the College of Engineering.  The purpose of this group is to identify and undertake the basic and applied research necessary to improve the safety of flight in atmospheric icing conditions.  An interdisciplinary team of 10 faculty from 3 departments and a variety of disciplines have developed the concept for the UIUC Aircraft Icing Research Center over the last few years.  Initial funding has been provided by the University Critical Research Initiatives Program and began on July 1, 1997. 
Smart Icing Systems Project
The objective of this research is to improve the safety of aircraft operating in atmospheric (including ground) icing conditions.  The approach is to improve the ice tolerance of aircraft by developing autonomous systems which will sense changes in aircraft performance and handling qualities and respond in a human centered fashion to enable the aircraft to maintain control and flight safety.  We are conducting the fundamental research necessary to develop such a smart icing systems concept.  The funding for this research is being provided by the NASA Lewis Research Center.  more...
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Smart Icing Systems Summaries
The following two slides summarize the SIS Concept and Program in a brief format.  The slides are available in .pdf format for quick download.
SIS Concept-    Acrobat(.pdf)
SIS Program-    Acrobat(.pdf)  
   For more information, please contact Prof. Michael Bragg

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